The official opening of the MGS Sculpture Walk and its inaugural installation, Cover Up #18, by internationally acclaimed artist Callum Morton (OM 1982) brought together many of the School’s keenest art practitioners and supporters to celebrate the boldness of the initiative and the its visually arresting first work.
As light rain started to fall at the commencement of proceedings, the assembled crowd on the Headmaster’s Lawn only had eyes for the dramatic form of Cover Up #18, the first of six sculptures that will be installed across the Wadhurst and Senior School campuses.
At the launch the Headmaster, Roy Kelley, spoke of the vision for the Sculpture Walk. “The physical environment of a school and its surroundings reflects a great deal about its values and its culture. MGS prides itself on its holistic education and the belief that learning is a process that occurs as much outside the classroom, as within it,” he said. “My vision has been for the arts to be very noticeable as an intrinsic part of MGS.”
Callum Morton was equally enthusiastic about the new Sculpture Walk. “This is a brilliant ambition, one that is certain to further enrich what is already an extraordinary campus,” he said.
During his address, the Headmaster thanked Friends of Grammar (FOG) for their generous support of Cover Up #18. He also paid tribute to the MGS Arts Committee and, in particular, to Professor Maudie Palmer AO who played a vital role in bringing the project to fruition.
“The teachers in my day, such as John Adams and Sybil Leris, instilled in us the idea that art was an important, vital and indeed magical pursuit that made a valuable contribution to our society. One of my favourite artists, the great John Brack, taught here for many years.”